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Lives are at risk in RCT unless someone sorts out ambulance service

Anger at claim that Aberdare’s ambulance station is ‘sometimes unmanned at night’

The latest ambulance response figures are out and show that yet again the all Wales target of 65% of all category A emergency calls responded to in 8 minutes has been missed. The Wales average for June was a disgraceful 53% but in Rhondda Cynon Taff the figures were far, far lower.

In RCT only 40.5% of emergency calls were answered within 8 minutes. The county was bottom of the table yet again and the target has not been met in more than two and a half years.

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts says the excuses have to stop.

"How many more times have we got to hear the same tired old excuses from the Labour Health Minister, and when will his Labour colleagues in RCT start putting some serious pressure on?

"We are not talking about being slightly adrift of a target - the service in Rhondda Cynon Taff is a disgrace and nobody seems to be doing anything at all to address the problem.
"Mike Collins, Welsh Ambulance Trust's director of service delivery was quoted in the press as saying that he recognised 'that on occasion we fall short of the eight-minute target.' On occasion?

"Almost three years and the target in RCT has NEVER been met. Yet he has the nerve to say that targets are missed on occasion? The degree of complacency is unbelievable."

The figures will certainly do nothing to allay any concerns about the downgrading of the Royal Glamorgan hospital as a result of the South Wales Programme. Under plans agreed by Cwm Taf University Health Board and the local Community Health Council emergency trauma services will be removed.

In an article in the local press Chris Jones, Chair of Cwm Taf University Health Board tried to reassure residents that the A&E will still remain and that the hospital will become a 'Beacon site' with all sorts of other services moved in there.

However, according to Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell, the most telling phrase is that "no real details have yet been put in place."

"It is unbelievable that the Health Board and the Community Health Council both rolled over and agreed to these plans when the detail has not been covered at all.

"One of the major elements of concern from the public was the ambulance response times yet the Health Board appears unconcerned and makes no mention of it.

"Somebody needs to get a grip, this cannot be allowed to continue. Pontypridd MP and Labour Shadow Secretary for Wales Owen Smith is constantly criticising the UK Government but fails to mention the shortcomings of his own colleagues at Cardiff Bay. Health is devolved and we are being failed by the Welsh Government."

http://pontylibdems.org.uk/en/article/2014/881709/lives-are-at-risk-in-r...

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